WEST Dorset A made the perfect start to the 2016/17 season in the GoCrea8 South East 2 division, with a comprehensive 5-0 home victory over the recently relegated Hornets.
West Dorset A 5 ECV Hornets B 0
GoCrea8 South East 2
A brace from both John Kellas and Dan Wyatt, and another from Russell Coombes provided a score that reflected the balance of play. Conditions proved somewhat challenging with a half time down pour delaying push back of the second half.
Nevertheless, the combination of experience and fitness saw the Hawks overcome a disorganised Hornets team, making their first appearance in the division having been relegated last year.
From the start, the midfield pairing of Dan Wyatt and Andrew Frampton bossed proceedings superbly in the middle third, providing endless supply for the front attackers. Up front, the determination of Richard Wilson and the movement of Kellas caused the visiting defence a variety of inconsistent problems. A number of attacks, aided by the flamboyancy of Coombes and agility of debutant Jayson Perfect, kept the Hornets under pressure for most of the first half.
The breakthrough finally came from a short corner. Wilson’s misplaced push out found Wyatt who surprisingly thought better of shooting for goal himself and laid it to Coombes to nervously tap in at the far post. Kellas bagged the second, being at the right place at the right time, to guide in a wayward shot.
Wyatt added the third before half time at the second attempt, having been gifted another chance to fly the ball into the net from the initial save. The umpires didn’t hesitate to take shelter during the half-time monsoon, and eventually invited the players into their dry surroundings just before the second half was due to start.
Hawks’ urgency was somewhat dampened at the start the second half, and allowed the Hornets a few rare chances. Krystian Dubas somehow saved what should have been an inevitable goal for the away team, after goalkeeper Alex Drew stranded himself following a moment of nutmeg madness. That was a close as the Hornets came to scoring, as the defensive and man marking display from Dubas, Bertie Newman and Henry Middleton, marshalled superbly by Julian May, kept the visitors at bay.
As the second half wore on, the Hawks upped a couple of gears and went on to secure the game with further goals from Kellas and Wyatt, who’s effortless shot from a short corner found its way in to make it 5-0 to the hosts.
The Hawks will be looking to continue the good start on Saturday, as they travel East Devon C.
Team: Alex Drew (C), Henry Middleton, Krystian Dubas, Julian May, Bertie Newman, Andrew Frampton, Dan Wyatt, Russell Coombes, Jayson Perfect, Richard Wilson, John Kellas.
Cornishmen hammer sad Hawks for six
Penzance 6 West Dorset Hawks 0
WEST Dorset Hawks made one of the longest journeys of the season to open their Southern 2 league campaign on Saturday only to be knocked for six by the Cornishmen.
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